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Drive home.


Wherever you go, there you are.

On the drive home,
if I sit very still and close my eyes

The air smells warm and dry,
dry as the Santa Ana winds.
Bougainvillea, Eucalyptus, Jacaranda, Palo Verde-
They all wrap their fragrance around me,
sweetening the sky that grows bright with starlight in the desert night.

The car rumbles straight away, past exit signs, shopping malls and city glow
Until we move up,
up and out where the gentle curves, marked with sage and century plants,
sway along for the ride,
the road winding and wonderful,
no other traveling, except the coyote or a cow.

At the top,
the live oak stands quietly with arms outstretched as if to say, Almost there.
Leaning into every curve, rocking back and forth,
landing smoothly, one with place and present.

Finally, I’m home-
unlocking the door to my mind,
windows arching open to see my soul,
Saltillo and sand below my bare feet, cactus flower at my side.
Relaxing, ready for my heart to soar like a hawk …

Front Yard, April 2004 (6)until I open my eyes, miles away.

  • Janet Muniz is an award-winning professional writer known for informative articles, inspiring blog posts and engaging video content. Her personal blog, The Shape of Trees, is devoted to filling the well with poetry, pictures and originality.
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Roots.


If you celebrate a birthday in September, chances are you were conceived in January, sometime. Certainly, a fresh way to think of a birth-day (yes, I’m thinking of you, sister).

All that possibility. The idea of you. I wonder if you September babies have an affinity for January. Do you feel new?

My own beginnings took place in March. I can enjoy an extra celebration of myself every year in March, if I choose to think at it this way. When I do think of March, I think of the wind. In like a lamb, out like a lion. A change of season. In the “January” of life back then, I do not exist.

This March, though, I can ponder with fresh perspective. It’s a blessing to know where you come from. When you begin. How it can renew your spirit, even now.

 

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Being There


“I think when you are somewhere, you oughta be there. ‘Cause it’s not about how long you stay in a place. It’s about what you do while you’re there. And – when you go, will the place where you’ve been be any better off for your having been there?”

-Chris-in-the-Morning, KBHR, Cicely, AK

Week 7 – This summer I am surprising myself with nested meditation – through images this week, inspired by psychologist Kevin Anderson, author of Divinity in Disguise. Signs are everywhere … recent trip to Cicely, Alask- I mean, Roslyn Washington.

  • Janet Muniz is an award-winning professional writer known for informative articles, inspiring blog posts and engaging video content. Currently a Creative Content Strategist with EverEffect | Internet Marketing Agency & Consulting Firm, her personal blog is devoted to filling the well with poetry, pictures and originality. Photos by Janet Muniz.
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Serena Park


Serena Park is quiet tonight

Serena Park is quiet- tonight,

raindrops are splashing on rooftops and trees

Serena Park is quiet- tonight,

raindrops are splashing on rooftops, and trees

sway to the musical moisture.

Serena Park is quiet because

the gun fire is drowning.

SerenaParkWeek 6 – This summer I am surprising myself with nested meditation, inspired by psychologist Kevin Anderson, author of Divinity in Disguise.

  • Janet Muniz is an award-winning professional writer known for informative articles, inspiring blog posts and engaging video content. Currently a Creative Content Strategist with EverEffect | Internet Marketing Agency & Consulting Firm, her personal blog is devoted to filling the well with poetry, pictures and originality. Photo of Serena Park by Janet Muniz.
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Gardening


The garden calls, sweetly, fragrantly

The garden calls, sweetly, fragrantly

Smells of green and geranium, pungent and true.

The garden calls, sweetly, fragrantly

Smells of green and geranium, pungent and true.

Sun-brightened, cared-for.

The garden calls, sweetly, fragrantly

Smells of green and geranium, pungent and true.

Sun-brightened, cared-for.

Thirst for life, now, calling and calling,

deep from the root. Urgent, panic …

The garden calls, sweetly, fragrantly

Smells of green and geranium, pungent and true.

Sun-brightened, cared-for.

Thirst for life, now, calling and calling,

deep from the root. Urgent … panic?

Mother Earth comforts her.

The garden calls, sweetly, fragrantly

Smells of green and geranium, pungent and true.

Sun-brightened, cared-for.

Thirst for life, now, calling and calling,

deep from the root. Urgent, panic?

Mother Earth comforts her.

Inhabit your emptiness, she says. Let the fast set you free.

071815_ShapeOfTrees_GardeningWeek 5 – This summer I am surprising myself with nested meditation, inspired by psychologist Kevin Anderson, author of Divinity in Disguise.

  • Janet Muniz is an award-winning professional writer known for informative articles, inspiring blog posts and engaging video content. Currently a Creative Content Strategist with EverEffect | Internet Marketing Agency & Consulting Firm, her personal blog is devoted to filling the well with poetry, pictures and originality. Photo by Janet Muniz.
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My sweetness is gone


In grief, the skin burns

In grief, the skin burns

white, blanching heart and soul.

In grief, the skin burns

white, blanching, heart and soul

gasping for breath

In grief, the skin burns

white, blanching, heart and soul

gasping for breath.

Until a breeze stokes embers and aura

In grief, the skin burns

white, blanching, heart and soul

gasping for breath.

Until a breeze stokes embers and aura

lifting smoke and loss.

GriefSammie Week 4 – This summer I am surprising myself with nested meditation, inspired by psychologist Kevin Anderson, author of Divinity in Disguise.

  • Janet Muniz is an award-winning professional writer known for informative articles, inspiring blog posts and engaging video content. Currently a Creative Content Strategist with EverEffect | Internet Marketing Agency & Consulting Firm, her personal blog is devoted to filling the well with poetry, pictures and originality. Photo by Janet Muniz.
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Pull of place


If I leave you

If I leave, you

will come for me.

If I leave, you

will come for me,

opening your spaces so I can see

If I leave, you

will come for me,

opening your spaces so I can see

my own flesh and bone in you.

If I leave, you

will come for me,

opening your spaces so I can see

my own flesh and bone -in you,

so clear what’s meant for me.

The desertIndependence Day Week 3 – This summer I am surprising myself with nested meditation, inspired by psychologist Kevin Anderson, author of Divinity in Disguise.

  • Janet Muniz is an award-winning professional writer known for informative articles, inspiring blog posts and engaging video content. Currently a Creative Content Strategist with EverEffect | Internet Marketing Agency & Consulting Firm, her personal blog is devoted to filling the well with poetry, pictures and originality.
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Healing Waters


The scent of sage and sweet grass

The scent of sage and sweet grass

rises from the Earth

The scent of sage and sweet grass

rises from the Earth.

Rainfall filters the air

The scent of sage and sweet grass

rises from the Earth.

Rainfall filters the air,

caressing gently with memory

The scent of sage and sweet grass

rises from the Earth.

Rainfall filters the air,

caressing gently with memory.

Afterward, faded glow renews

The scent of sage and sweet grass

rises from the Earth.

Rainfall filters the air,

caressing gently with memory.

Afterward, faded glow renews

moving forward through the clearing sky.

062615_ShapeOfTrees_CollageSummer Rains Week 2 – This summer I am surprising myself with nested meditation, inspired by psychologist Kevin Anderson, author of Divinity in Disguise.

  • Janet Muniz is an award-winning professional writer known for informative articles, inspiring blog posts and engaging video content. Currently a Creative Content Strategist with EverEffect | Internet Marketing Agency & Consulting Firm, her personal blog is devoted to filling the well with poetry, pictures and originality.